As part of Plymouth Labour's local manifesto we promised to light up Plymouth's landmarks. The first one to be lit up properly is the iconic Smeaton's Tower on the Hoe. Installation work is now happening.
Today, I visited the workers who are installing the new lights around the base of Smeaton's Tower. It's a local company doing the work and it's on schedule to be completed by the end of the month.
I honestly believe that the new lights will be an instant hit. I feel really strongly that as a city we need to turn to face the sea again. We have an amazing natural heritage and unique position. For too long we have lost sight of our maritime links and I think it is time we rediscovered our connection to the sea. Lighting up Smeaton's Tower will be hugely popular I predict and it is happening because of Plymouth's Labour Council.
I'm grateful to the councillors who have worked so hard to push the lighting of Smeaton's Tower through. And very soon the entire city will see for themselves what a difference the new lights will make to our city's most iconic landmark.
Charles Church is next
Over the last year I've been campaigning to have Charles Church added to the list of landmarks to be lit up. As a war memorial to all those who died in the Blitz it is right that the bombed out church is lit sympathetically and with dignity. Sitting next to Staples and Drake Circus getting the lighting right is really important.
The City Council listened to the campaign that Chris Penberthy and myself were running and added Charles Church to the landmark list. It goes for planning permission next week and I'm hopeful it will be approved.
Test lighting showed lighting up Smeaton's Tower works
What do you think?
What do you think about plans to light up our landmarks? Get in touch and let me know your views.